ALBANY - Oh yeah. Shaun O'Hara came back Monday, as well.
It wasn't as big of a deal as Kenny Phillips' return. Phillips missed 11 months and O'Hara sat out about nine practices with swelling in his ankle. But it was significant that the Pro Bowl center was back on the field . . . even if he was still yielding most of his starting reps to Adam Koets.
"It felt good," said O'Hara, who hadn't worked with the team since last Sunday afternoon. "The ankle felt pretty good, but more importantly, it just felt good to be out with my men and be one of the guys again. Being off to the side is not what I drove up here to do. It just felt good to be out there."
O'Hara took plenty of ribbing from his offensive line mates for missing the first week of training camp. At first, anyway.
"Richie was giving me a hard time and we all see how that worked out for him, so I think they've all backed off since then," O'Hara said of guard Rich Seubert, who is now sidelined with a broken bone in his left hand.
No surgery for Seubert
Speaking of Seubert, Tom Coughlin said that the guard will not need surgery on the broken bone and should be back in action soon. Perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
"It's better than I thought it was going to be," Coughlin said. "When the swelling and the pain goes down, they're going to wrap him up in a big ol' pad and gloved pad and let him go."
"I'll see if I can get out there this week," Seubert said, saying it is not the pain but the risk of further damage that is keeping him sidelined. "I'm not worried about the pain. I'm just worried about not doing anything worse to it than it is already. I don't want it to shift. I don't want it to turn and [then they have to] put a pin in it. Then I'm out."
Rookie DT Linval Joseph appears to be catching on and has emerged with some key plays in the last few practices . . . G Chris Snee and rookie LB Phillip Dillard nearly came to blows in the morning session . . . TE Kevin Boss, recovering from ankle surgery, is now dealing with a sore hamstring and has missed the last two days of practices . . . WR Sinorice Moss (groin) sat out Monday . . . TEs Travis Beckum (hamstring) and Jake Ballard (hamstring) both returned to practice in the morning.